As part of our current schools expectation it is required that for purple and brown belts that the student learns a new weapons kata for each grading. That means a Shodan canidate will know a total of three. For the most part that means a couple of Bo kata and one Nunchuck. I have always viewed these as a nod to traditional performance kata and not of much practical use. But recently I have rethought that position and wanted to know if anyone was aware of actual practical kata written for weapons that someone in the US could actually carry.
My first thought was that short knives (Ohio law allows blades under 4" to be carried as utility items) are available, as are canes. (Did you know that they actually sell tactical umbrellas? They are basically fiberglass canes filled with impact resin with an umbrella attached.) I am not so sure that I could win the claim in court that carring a tactical umbrella was not going armed however.
I have tried to Google this and have found a lot of good traditional stuff and a lot of trash, tanto kata written for combat with other tanto fighters. Cane kata being performed by older advanced black belts that I cannot imagine teaching to anyone over the age of 50.
So I put it before the group, do you know of any other weapons that I have missed? Do you know of any good katas that might go with them?